Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIA Asheville Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone all in-person meetings for the remainder of March. Consideration for the health, safety and wellness of AIA Asheville members and their families, partners, sponsors and the public is our top priority.
  • The March 18 Box Lunch will be rescheduled with our sponsor for a later date.
  • The March 25 Section Meeting will be cancelled. The topic, “The State of the City”, will be moved to a meeting later this summer.
As we learn more about this outbreak, we will keep you posted on events coming up in the next couple of months.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to determine the best ways to move forward during this challenging time.

Climate Adaptive Design – Where Building Science Meets Climate Science

Details and registration Climate Adaptive Design – Where Building Science Meets Climate Science
by AIA Asheville and CASE Consultants International

The American Institute of Architects Asheville Section continues its series Where Building Science Meets Climate Science, one of the most important symposiums in the country about where climate and architectural design interface. This year’s symposium theme is “Deep Retrofit” – renovation of existing buildings to promote sustainable design.

Congratulations to AIA Asheville Member, Bruce Johnson Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

Bruce E. Johnson, FAIA
AIA Asheville
Bruce decided the best way to use his 40 years of architectural experience in the rebuilding of Haiti was through construction. He partnered with a Dominican mining engineer and a Canadian developer to start a for-profit, design-build company, Karivian, based in Haiti. Their goal was to build at a very large scale, low cost, indigenous, sustainable houses that maximize the use of local labor and materials.
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AIA NC Activate “Missing Middle” Housing Competition Winners Address Housing Crisis in Asheville

AIA NC ACTIVATE Announces “Missing Middle” Housing Competition Winners to Address Housing Crisis in Asheville
Asheville, NC – Activate NC’s announced the winners for its international “Missing Middle” Housing Competition on Friday November 10, 2017. The competition’s goal is to provide housing ideas to the city of Asheville that would both fit appropriately within single family neighborhoods while providing greater density and affordability in Asheville’s urban core. The site chosen for the competition is within walking distance of the emerging River Arts District, and is edged on one side by a tract of city owned land known as Murray Hill Park. Consideration for it’s location along with the topography of the land were major factors in the selection of the piece for the competition as well as for the jurying.
Four projects were chosen for awards. A Honor Award was given to “River Arts Row”; a Merit Award was given to “District Village”; a Merit Award was given to “Bartlett Commons”; and a Citation was given to “Artist’s Court”.
The jury, lead by jury chair Doug Hecker from Hecker Studio in Asheville, judged the entries based on criteria which included site sensitivity, topography, and space, form and materials. Hecker was joined on the jury by Amanda Loper from David Baker Architects in San Francisco, and Sasha Vrtunski with the City of Asheville. Overall, the jury noted that the projects were able to highlight some of the challenges of building denser communities in challenging landscapes.
Honor Award
River Arts Row
Team: William Lambeth, David Hammer, and Emily Axtman
Jury Comments: This project hit on all of the criteria from the competition. There is clustering, and shared wall construction and a desire to reduce the impact of cars in the neighborhood. It had an innovative narrative regarding construction with Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT), and suggested efficiencies with its use of land and materials.
Merit Award
District Village
Team: Andrew Spaulding
Jury Comments; We liked the density of this project, and how they nestled an extra unit under larger units, integrating the hill side into the design. The way the park areas were integrated into and on top of existing structures was visionary, as well as the engagement the plan had with the edges of the lot.
Merit Award
Bartlett Commons
Team: John Sunwoo, Christina Attiyeh, Daniel Lin, Peter Miller, Aditi Shetye, & Jeff Wandersman
Jury Comments; This project used the topography in a pragmatic yet organic way. The architectural expression feels fresh and new yet connected to the vernacular of the landscape and works with the topography. It also explores communal spaces in a more realistic way than other schemes we saw.
Artist’s Court
Team: Hieu Nguyen
Jury Comments: This project really focuses on defining the park and making a new amenity for the city. We thought the site place for this entry was one of the most important aspects of the project. The spacing between buildings felt welcoming, and allowed for the integration of public spaces within the community. It was able to pull people through the grounds with its programmatic idea of a sculpture park.
Activate North Carolina is a program of the American Institute of Architects North Carolina. It supports architects, designers, and citizens who want to start dialogues and projects that improve NC’s cities and neighborhoods.